I knew we were going to see more PC and Wiimote mashups this year. After seeing hacks that allow you to play several games on the PC with the remote it was only a matter of time until someone would introduce the concept to applications or even a complete user interface that is utilizing the Wiimote.
Dan McWeeney and Eddie Herrmann, the winners of last years SAP TechEd '06 DemoJam, were not allowed to compete again this year but were asked to make a short presentation at the 07 show. They came up with this rather crazy idea to use the Wiimote, or better two Wiimotes in conjunction, to work on the screen and replace the mouse.
You can watch a short demonstration of the new technique in the video that I did embed below. The demonstration starts around minute 2.
There are situations where this input method may work just fine, for instance during presentations where mouse and keyboard use is not really optimal as you either have to carry them around with you or go back to a desk all the time you want to control the presentation.
I can't however see this pick up any time soon on the desktop. Why would anyone want to use two Wiimotes instead of the keyboard or mouse? I can't come up with a single reason for this, other than entertainment, and that's actually the core reason the Wii and its remote control devices have been designed.
I can see myself playing a game on the PC using the Wiimote, provided that it works reasonably well with the genre and technically.
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